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  • Oldest Japanese tea fields
    In Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture, there is the oldest tea plantation in Japan. This tea field is said to have been opened by Eisai, the Zen monk who first introduced tea to Japan over 800 years ago in 1191. This tea plantation is called “Fushun-en,” and at the time when the tea was […]
  • About Ureshino Tea
    This is a bit of a tricky topic because it requires some historical and geographical understanding. The origin of the name “Ureshino Tea” is Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture, which is also famous for Ureshino Hot Springs. Ureshino Tea Tea production in Ureshino started in 1440 when a […]
  • Tamaryokucha & Sencha, Ingen & Baisao
    “Tea, please!” If you were to ask a Japanese person that, they would probably offer you sencha. In the West, most people think of tea as black tea, but for the Japanese, tea means sencha. When did sencha start to be drunk in Japan? There is no doubt that sencha, like matcha, was introduced […]
  • Mission
    Spread a peaceful World with Japanese tea! Ikedoki means “Tea Break” in Nagasaki dialect. Our mission is to “Spread a peaceful world with Japanese tea” from here in Nagasaki. Because of course you may know, tea makes all of us to be peaceful, And when we talk about peace, here Nagasaki […]
  • Tea in Nagasaki
    Tea in Nagasaki, the origin of Japanese tea. If you ask most Japanese people about it, they will probably say they don’t know anything about it. However, Nagasaki is a very important place in the history of tea. It is said that tea was first introduced to Japan in 1191, when the Zen monk […]
  • About monk Eisai(Founder of Japanese Tea)
    Eisai is famous as the founder of Japanese tea. He is said to have written the first book on tea in Japan, called “Café Yosoki,” and to have brought back tea seeds from China, making him the founder of Japanese tea. He was born in Okayama in 1141 at the end of the Heian period […]
  • Staff
    Shoji IizukaShoji was born in Chiba, close to Tokyo. He spent over 10 years working in the vicinity of Tokyo, designing product catalogues for a publishing company. Slowly his desire to get out of city life grew stronger, until a few years ago he decided he wanted to move to the countryside. He […]
  • Exporting of Japanese tea
    Japanese tea was first introduced to Europe in 1610 when a Dutch merchant ship brought tea back from Hirado in Nagasaki. This was the first tea for Europe. After that, England and other Western European countries became obsessed with tea, changing the world. However, in 1639, the Edo shogunate […]
  • About Tea town, Higashi Sonogi
    Higashisonogi-cho is the largest tea production area in Nagasaki, producing about 60% of Nagasaki’s tea. Higashisonogi-cho is located in the center of Nagasaki Prefecture, on a southwest-facing slope that leads from the mountains of the Tara mountain range to the calm sea of Omura Bay. […]
  • Atomic bombing in Nagasaki
    As someone who lives in Nagasaki and deals with Nagasaki tea, I cannot turn my back on this history. At 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945, the U.S. military dropped the atomic bomb “Fat Man” on the city of Nagasaki in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The bomb killed about 74,000 people out of the […]
  • Crypt Christianity(Kakure Kirishitan)
    Hidden Christians. It is a well-known term in Japan, but until recently it was almost unknown overseas. Christianity is widely practiced overseas, especially in the West, but in Japan, it was forbidden and suppressed for nearly 300 years until the advent of civilization. The term “hidden […]
  • About Sonogi cha
    Higashisonogi-cho is the largest tea production area in Nagasaki, producing about 60% of Nagasaki’s tea. Higashisonogi-cho is located in the center of Nagasaki Prefecture, on a southwest-facing slope that leads from the mountains of the Tara mountain range to the calm sea of Omura Bay. […]
  • Activities
    Under our mission “Spread peaceful world with Japanese tea”, we have 2 activities. Tea Tourism First is tea tourism. The activity belongs to Tourism association in Higashi-Sonogi. We had focused on inbound tea tourism from abroad. But as you know, the situation is really bad for inbound tourism […]
  • The Longest-Lived Tea Tree in Japan
    How old is the longest-lived tea tree in Japan? The answer is over 300 years old! Currently, the longest tea tree in Japan is over 300 years old. This large tea tree is located at an altitude of 210 meters on the eastern slope of Mount Kokuzo, which straddles Higashisonogi Town in Nagasaki […]
  • Tamaryokucha (Gem Green Tea)
    Tamaryokucha is a green tea that has a curved (curled) shape like a ball. Types of Tamaryokucha Currently, there are two types of Tamaryokucha due to differences in the manufacturing method. The first is Kamairi Tamaryokucha, which is made by the pan-fired method. The second is Tamaryokucha, which […]
  • Access
    Visiting Address Address 133 Sonogishukugo, Higashisonogi, Higashisonogi District, Nagasaki 859-3807, Japan […]
  • 1610 Europeans discover Tea
    As you may know, tea is an oriental product. Tea has been drunk for over 3000 years in China. In Japan, tea has been drunk for at least over 1000 years. Until a few hundred years ago, tea was only drunk in Asia, and it was not until much later that tea spread around the world. In 1519, Magellan […]